July 17, 2024

Liverpool FC manager Klopp sends message to Guardiola about title race after thrashing Leeds 6-0 

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Liverpool FC manager Klopp says his side isn’t focusing on “chasing down” Guardiola’s side, Manchester City.

Despite their 6-0 thrashing of Leeds United on Wednesday night, Klopp insists Liverpool FC are not thinking about “chasing down” Manchester City in the title battle.

With a 3-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool FC came to within six points of the Premier League leaders.

Manchester City lost 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off, putting the defending champions on the back foot.

Liverpool FC had the chance to cut Manchester City’s lead to three points if the Reds beat Leeds at Anfield in their mid-week fixture.

In the 15th minute, Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot, and in the 35th minute, the Egypt international doubled his tally after Joel Matip scored a rare goal.

Sadio Mane scored twice in the final 10 minutes before Virgil van Dijk secured a 6-0 victory over Leeds with a goal in stoppage time to cut Manchester City’s lead to three points.

Speaking at his post-match media conference Liverpool FC manager Klopp played down the importance of reducing the deficit to three points.

“Honestly, we don’t chase City; we try to win our football games,” Klopp said.

“The thing is now we have obviously the cup final at the weekend and City play, I don’t know exactly who, but they might probably win this game then it is six points again before we play the next Premier League game. I am not sure if we play the next game after them or before them, [but] it might be nine points all of a sudden, so we don’t have to count these kind of things.

“We just have to win our football games. Do we do that front-footed? Yes, but as much as I love the goals we scored tonight, I loved the clean sheet because everything we do is based on a top-organised defensive performance. Without that we are just a good football team, but with that we can be a successful football team.”

Manchester City will make the trip to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday evening as Pep Guardiola’s men look to seize the chance to restore their six-point cushion.

Liverpool FC will take on Chelsea FC in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday as Klopp looks to win his third trophy since taking over the reins in 2015.

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